Be Clothed With Power

Many Christians have wondered over the years: “Where do I get strength to endure as a Child of God?” “How can I get boldness to witness or take a stand for Christ?”

The short answer to these questions is to be clothed with power.

Jesus is speaking to His disciples after His resurrection  in Luke chapter 24. He is giving them some necessary instructions for carrying out His work in the Earth when He physically leaves them. Basically, He tells them to stay put in Jerusalem until you become clothed with power.

Well, what did He actually say?

According to the New American Standard Bible (NASB), this is what He told them,

(45)’Then He opened their minds to under the scriptures, (46)’and He said to them,”Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, (47) and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”

(48)”You are witnesses of these things.” (49)”And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Jesus was, in fact, sending them out to the world to proclaim the good news of forgiveness of sin in His name, but they could not do this until they were empowered by the Promise of the Father. What was the Promise of the Father?

We are able to pick up more of Jesus’ last words to His followers and disciples before His acension in Acts 1:8. Jesus says,

“but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”(NASB)

Yes, the Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father to the disciples and all of the followers of Christ after Jesus would ascend into Heaven. He would be the One to cause them to be clothed with power!

As we read further in the book of Acts chapter 2 we find that as the followers and disciples of Christ (and followers also meaning disciples) were together praying in the upper room, the Holy Ghost came in and flooded the room with Holy fire. According to verse 3,

‘And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.’

Literally, the power of the Holy Spirit (also known as the Holy Ghost) filled them with a fire that did not burn them up but charged them up instead. The next verse proclaims how each was filled with the Holy Spirit and started to speak in a new language (one that was not Known to them).

These newly Holy Spirit filled Christians became loud and bold. They forgot the fear they held after seeing their Master ascend into Heaven on a cloud leaving them alone. They became like lions awakening to the dawn of a new day. Yes, now they were clothed with power.

People on the outside wondered what was happening to these loud believers in Christ on the inside. There was represented in the city, Jews from all over the world there celebrating the Feast of Pentecost. Peter was embolden by his new power to step out and preach Jesus to the crowd.

Only weeks earlier, this same Peter had denied knowing Jesus Christ in fear for his life. Now he could not deny Him any longer but only Proclaim Him the more! And, by the way, 3000 people believed and accepted Jesus into their hearts after hearing Peter’s message.

What an altar call!

Now, let us review how the early church became clothed with power:

  • First, they obeyed Jesus’ instructions by waiting for the Promise of power before trying to pursue the works and ministry of Christ.
  • Next, they patiently believed and prayed continually in a united fashion while they waited. “These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”(Acts 1:14 {NASB})
  • Then, as they were filled with the Holy Spirit a holy fire sat upon them and they spoke in a strange language that they were not familiar with and became bold as lions.
  • Forth, this infilling caused them to become empowered to proclaim Jesus all over the city of Jerusalem and, eventually, the world.
  • Finally, being clothed with power caused them to be effective with their preaching  and become supernatural with their mighty acts of miracles Acts chapter 5.
Now we know from a biblical standpoint what it means to be clothed with power. It means to ask for and to wait for the infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in a new language. Allow that Holy Spirit’s power to flow, freely, through us in our words and our deeds.
Plus, when the Bible proclaims, to “be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) in the Greek it is actually saying to,  “be being filled with the Spirit.” Meaning the act of being filled with the Spirit is a repetitive action. To stay filled, you have open your mouth in faith and ask God to fill you over and over again.
Right where you are right now, ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit. Don’t ask as a beggar, remember this is what the Father knows that you need. Ask with joy! Then, begin to speak in faith in tongues or in a new language.
Speak this to the Father in Heaven. Sing it if you are so lead. Let it flow out of your mouth until you are sure it is flowing from your belly (which is the seat of your spirit). Be FILLED With the Spirit! A-men

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